Deviled Eggs Carbonara (Crispy Pancetta, Pork Fat, Parmesan Crisps, and Black Pepper) Recipe

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These deviled eggs with crispy pancetta, parmesan, and plenty of black pepper take their inspiration from spaghetti carbonara.


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Recipe Facts



Active: 15 mins
Total: 25 mins
Serves: 8 servings

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  • 6 tablespoons finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

  • 4 ounces pancetta, finely diced

  • 6 large hard-boiled or hard-steamed eggs, peeled and halved lengthwise

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, plus coarsely cracked pepper, for garnish

  • Minced parsley, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F and line a baking sheet with silpat. Sprinkle 4 tablespoons of Parmigiano-Reggiano in two 4-inch rounds on silpat and bake until lightly browned and melted, about 10 minutes. Let cheese crisps cool until crisp. Break each cheese crisp into 4 pieces.

  2. Meanwhile, cook minced pancetta in small skillet over medium-high heat until pancetta is browned and crisp and fat has rendered, about 5 minutes. Drain crisped pancetta through strainer, reserving rendered fat, and transfer to paper-towel lined plate. You should have about 2 tablespoons crisped pancetta and at least 1 tablespoon rendered fat. Let cool slightly.

  3. Place all of the yolks in a medium bowl. Select 8 of the best looking egg white halves and set aside. Reserve the remaining 4 for another use. Add 1 tablespoon crispy pancetta, 1 tablespoon rendered fat, mayonnaise, vinegar, and remaining 2 tablespoons Parmigiano-Reggiano to the yolks and, using a sturdy whisk, mash and stir together until thoroughly combined. Season with salt, and very generously with ground black pepper.

  4. Transfer yolk filling to zipper-lock bag. Filling and egg white halves can be stored covered in the refrigerator up to overnight before filling and serving (lay egg white halves cut-side-down on a large plate and cover with plastic wrap). Cut off corner of zipper-lock bag and pipe filling mixture into egg white halves, overstuffing each hole. Garnish deviled eggs with crispy pancetta, cracked black pepper, cheese crisps, and parsley. Serve immediately.

Special equipment

Baking sheet, baking mat, whisk

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
189 Calories
16g Fat
2g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 158mg 53%
Sodium 296mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 88mg 7%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 91mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)